Chalet cuckoo clocks are a “newer” style of the Black Forest clocks.
There are 3 types of Chalet style cuckoo clocks – Schwarzwald (Black Forest), Bavarian and Swiss. The difference in these clocks are in their style, each being a different chalet or house. Mainly, it is the roof and balconies that set them apart from each other. It is important to note that even the Swiss style that copies the look of houses in Switzerland are still hand carved in the Black Forest region of Germany.
Chalet cuckoo clocks are signified by articulated figurine movement such beer drinkers and servers, woodchoppers, waterwheels, animals and more. They also tend to be much more colorful than traditional clocks, with more paint and less exposed wood. Due to these features, The ‘clock portion’ of the piece tends to be less important to the buyer than in a traditional cuckoo clock. The attraction of a Chalet cuckoo is more about what it does, the figurine movement and the scene it depicts.